When I was a kid, my mom and Nana (my grandmother) used to escape together and globetrot. Sometimes it was for Nana's work, and other times, the trips were for pleasure. They went to London, Australia, New York, Hawaii, Antarctica, the Baltic Islands and even a safari in South Africa. I loved that they traveled together, and in the back of my mind, I thought Mom and I would do that one day. Well, here I am, in my 30s and we still hadn't gone anywhere by ourselves.
When I was lucky enough to receive an invitation to the #BeachesMoms Social Media on the Sand conference, I first asked Hubs to go with me. But, Hubs knew he wouldn't be able to get off of work at this time of year, so he told me to take Mom. It was brilliant! An excuse to take one of my favorite family members to the family conference... but instead of me bringing my kids, I was the kid!
Mom and I took a billion photos, and she was a great sport, dressing up like a pirate for the pirate waterpark party, building sandcastles, and even taking a messy hair photo after our body scrubs as the spa (not pictured!! :) )
We met Natasha (the awesomeness behind Iristocracy) in the shuttle line from the airport, and when I was we were all fast friends, I'm serious about it. Natasha and Donna are identical souls, and I want to squeeze Natasha in a big hug every time I see her.
Mom and I ate, drank, visited the swim up bar, walked everywhere and were able to spend more time together than ever. I had never been with just Mom for longer than a few hours since before my brother was born, and certainly never on vacation. It was amazing, bonding, relaxing, and it makes me all verklempt when I think about it.
We laughed about her "talking rock" which were neatly placed speakers in the bushes that played one of her favorite songs every time we passed... and she made me take a photo of her on it :)
When the trip quickly came to an end, I was so happy. I had worked, played, laughed, and best of all spent some amazing time with my mom. We decided the tradition had to continue and were thinking about where we could go next. Nashville? Savannah? It doesn't have to be far or fabulous just to spend time together.
I can't wait to tell you more about the #BeachesMoms trip. The amazing trip was life changing in more ways than one, and I'm super grateful to the entire team behind the trip. If you were on Instagram this weekend, I'm sure you saw all of the fun and trouble I was getting into. And buddy, do I have some news about that Instagram Scavenger Hunt I was a part of... come back tomorrow morning to hear all the good news!! :)